By AMY ZIMMERMAN / Posted at Daily Beast
Between headliner Beyoncé maybe opting out and news that its parent company’s CEO is a climate change denier who’s funded anti-LGBTQ orgs, things are not looking good for the fest.
We were all shocked—*shook—by Beyoncé’s well-timed prenatal news. But perhaps no one was more shocked by the pop star’s big announcement than the top executives behind Coachella. According to TMZ, Goldenvoice—the AEG Live subsidiary that produces the annual music festival—had no idea that their April headliner was knocked up. Goldenvoice bigwigs allegedly heard about the insemination the same way we did—via the most-liked Instagram of all time. Given the fact that Beyoncé is a 35-year-old woman who’s pregnant with twins, fans are already starting to question if she’ll honor her commitment to perform at the upcoming event. According to one TMZ source, Goldenvoice tried to reach out to Bey’s representatives on Thursday, but didn’t hear back. That being said, a separate source claimed that Beyoncé “still plans to perform, assuming her pregnancy goes well.”
One man’s advent of the double messiah is another man’s Coachella catastrophe. While the festival likely would have sold out sans Bey, members of the Beyhive weren’t pleased to hear that their $399 three-day passes may not buy them a night with the fertile phenomenon. You try telling a Beyoncé stan to stand around in the desert and listen to Radiohead.
Beyoncé’s possible pull out isn’t the first controversy to rock Coachella 2017.
Back in January, a bevy of news organizations effectively outed Philip Anschutz, the owner of AEG, for financially supporting a whole bunch of bad causes. The Washington Post revealed that Anschutz helped fund the Alliance Defending Freedom campaign, which The Human Rights Campaign has deemed “the nation’s largest anti-LGBTQ legal group.” They’ve sponsored over 200 anti-LGBTQ bills in 34 states, including 17 bills that specifically target transgender Americans. According to the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans, Anschutz is an “enemy of equality” who’s donated thousands of dollars to the Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation. To dig a little deeper into Anschutz’s affiliations, let’s take a look at the Family Research Council’s website. The “pro-life, pro-marriage” organization insists that marriage is “a union of one man and one woman,” and boasts a blog post asserting that “the transgender movement” is a denial of “physical reality.” These politics aren’t exactly “on brand” for a festival that’s headlined by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, and consistently caters to the stoner sons and hippie daughters of so-called coastal elites.
As a 77-year-old super-rich white dude, Philip Anschutz hasn’t exactly kept his political leanings under wraps. In 2009, Politico reported that Anschutz’s ownership of two conservatives publications, the Weekly Standard and the Washington Examiner, “has given him a megaphone for his right-wing views on taxes, national security and President Barack Obama.” A former employee at the Examiner told Politico that the boss had a firm vision for the editorial page—he “wanted nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers.” Additionally, Greenpeace called out “oil and gas billionaire” Anschutz as a “financier of climate science denial groups” dating as far back as 2013— which is bad news for all the earth-loving flower children taking the shuttle bus to Indio.
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